Update: In the United States, more than 100,000 people have died from the coronavirus and Covid-19 disease. This figure was determined by Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday evening. The United States is the first country in which the number of corona deaths exceeds 100,000.
More than 350,000 corona deaths have now been recorded worldwide. The number of infections reported exceeds 5.6 million worldwide.
In Europe, the UK was hit hardest by the pandemic with more than 37,000 deaths, followed by Italy, Spain and France. In total there are more deaths in Europe than in the USA.
The disease is currently on the retreat in Asia, North America and most of Europe. The number of new infections and new deaths is decreasing.
This is particularly true for Germany. Here the infection process has slowed down significantly. This trend continues even after the protective measures have been eased in recent weeks.
In total, around 181,000 people in Germany tested positive. Only a few hundred people are infected every day. The vast majority of those infected have recovered. However, more than 8,400 people in Germany have died from the virus in Germany.
The main focus of the pandemic is currently Brazil. There, the number of new infections is still rising sharply. With almost 400,000 cases, Brazil is now the country with the second most infections after the USA with 1.7 million. 24,500 people died in Brazil from Covid-19.
The new Sars-CoV-2 corona virus has spread to around 190 countries around the world. The following graphics and tables are automatically updated several times a day.
It is not known who the patient is 0 in the corona pandemic. Only that he probably got infected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. According to local authorities, the place of origin was said to be a market. Here, around 1,000 kilometers south of Beijing, the novel corona virus is said to have spread from animals to humans. Experts speak of a zoonotic infectious disease.
The fight against the virus will take months, if not years. Until a vaccine is available, many people will become infected and many will die. The district of Starnberg (Bavaria) reported the first confirmed case in Germany on January 28. The employee of a car supplier got infected from a Chinese colleague. At that time, the Robert Koch Institute classified the danger to the German population as low. But just a few weeks later, the corona virus had spread to every federal state.
Maintaining the health system is a priority for the Federal Government. Every COVID-19 patient in Germany should receive the best possible medical care. In cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute, the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) has set up an “intensive care register” that shows the status of all German clinics on a daily basis. The available capacities in intensive care medicine in Germany are currently sufficient.
Key figures determine whether the corona measures are relaxed
In order to avoid the “worst case”, “measures to reduce physical contacts” were initiated in March, according to a government report. To measure the speed of virus spreading, the experts compare, among other things. the duration in which the number of confirmed cases of illness doubled. In the past few weeks, the doubling period has been increased from two to well over 100 days. For the current status in Germany, type “Germany” in the search field of the following graphic.
The scenario that the federal government is striving for is called “Hammer and Dance”. Extensive tests and isolation of those affected help to control the spread of the virus. A confidential analysis by the Federal Ministry of the Interior expects a total of 12,000 deaths in Germany.
The other decisive key figure R (“reproductive number”) indicates how many people are infected on average by an infected person. If R is above 1, the infection spreads faster. If the value is below 1, the number of new infections decreases. The number of reproductions is currently just under 1.
“Hammer and Dance”, in China this already seems to have been successful. Initially, the Sars-CoV-2 virus spread very quickly. However, by rigorously sealing off entire cities and strict curfews, the authoritarian regime managed to contain the epidemic within a few weeks. Other countries in Asia, such as South Korea, have also had success against the virus.
In Europe and North America, governments reacted cautiously to the threat of infection at the beginning of the pandemic. Consequence: The virus overran individual countries in Europe and the USA.
In Europe, Italy, Spain and France were particularly hard hit. In northern Italy, reported infection numbers skyrocketed from the end of February. Around 20 percent of those affected take a severe or even very severe course. At times the health system was completely overwhelmed. Consequence: The death rate was very high compared to the rest of the world. While it is less than two percent in Germany, it is statistically more than ten percent in Italy. In a single day, more than 900 people died of respiratory disease here.
In general, however, the death rates are difficult to compare. This rate relates the number of deaths to the reported infections. Because testing is carried out at different intensities in all countries, the numbers are difficult to compare.
Meanwhile, the spread of corona in Europe has slowed. Government measures to create distance between people seem to be having an effect. Case numbers are currently growing fastest in the United States. The authorities have so far counted more than a million infections.
Even experienced virologists dare not predict how the pandemic will develop. But it can already be said that the corona crisis has historical dimensions. Although other pathogens have been more deadly for individuals in the past, due to the extremely high infection rate, never so many people have died from a virus in such a short time in the past 100 years.